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Learn about craniopharyngiomas, including how they are diagnosed, treatments and long-term outcomes.

Key points

  • Craniopharyngiomas are benign, slow-growing tumours located in the central part of the brain, in and around the area of the pituitary gland.
  • Common symptoms include headaches, vomiting, and problems with vision.
  • It is believed that a craniopharyngioma grows from cells that normally disappear during embryonal development but did not, which then can form a craniopharyngioma.
  • Treatment options are surgery, intracystic treatment and radiation.
  • A child with craniopharyngioma has a very good chance of surviving.
Last updated: January 10th 2022